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Episode 95: Jason Schneiderman
Rachel Zucker speaks with poet Jason Schneiderman about his newest book of poems, Hold Me Tight (Red Hen Press, 2020). The two friends also discuss marriage, divorce, gay history and activism, tenderness, anger, embodiment, clickbait, the end of modernism, the useful alienation of the writing self, social media, masculinity, being Jewish, birth, how to part with books when they feel like part of you and much more.
Episode 94: Jennifer Block
In this episode, feminist journalist, editor, and advocate Jennifer Block joins Rachel in conversation around public health disparities, medical agency, the history of western medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, midwifery and other alternate healing modalities, feminism(s), contraception, abortion, and pleasure. Rachel also discusses factors that led to her choosing an unmedicated home birth for her third son, Judah, and shares regrets about her hysterectomy.
Episode 93: Arielle Greenberg
Host Rachel Zucker speaks with her close friend and frequent collaborator, Arielle Greenberg, about scarcity and abundance, sex, ethical non-monogamy, marriage, divorce, parenting as a writer, masculinity, femininity, and their long and storied creative friendship.
Episode 92: Behind the Scenes
Welcome to a “Behind the Scenes” conversation between Rachel Zucker and team members Christine Larusso and Valentine Conaty. We apologize, again, for our delayed production schedule and thank our listeners for sticking with us as life dictates the terms of our commitment to Commonplace. We discuss: recent team changes; upcoming themed episodes and/or series on literary workers’ labor organizing, healthcare and the body, and creative practice during quarantine; the literary gig economy; Commonplace’s attempts at financial solvency; divorce; self-care and self-help literature; new ways to interact with Commonplace; and more.
Episode 91: Nate Marshall
Rachel Zucker talks with poet, rapper, and polymath Nate Marshall about hometowns, moving, lies and preconceptions, building creative friendships, being good at small talk, the benefits of Zoom book tours, and so much more. Marshall also discusses his writing processes, both individual and collaborative, and reads from his recently-published collection Finna, out now from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Episode 90: Makenna Goodman
Host Rachel Zucker speaks with Makenna Goodman about her new novel, The Shame (Milkweed, 2020). Makenna speaks about living close to the land and still being ensnared in the world of capital; the slippage between autofiction, fiction, memoir and nonfiction; how she loves artists who play with the real; and what it might mean to write without assuming dominance over reality, Rachel and Makenna discuss their mothers, motherhood as a metaphor or lens, the impossibility of living an ethical life and opting out of being an oppressor within capitalism, the shame of realizing progressive utopianism might be just another form of “private contentment,” Psyche and Eros, the social construction of vigor, the stories we tell about about ourselves, Agnes Varda and her idea that happiness is joy and pain side by side, why Makenna loves reading short novels by women translated into English from other languages and so much more.
Commonplace podcast with Rachel Zucker is in my top three podcasts. Long form, inquisitive, and always warm, every episode gives my mind explosions. Do not miss out on this podcast! Subscribe to Commonplace’s Patreon today, and join the book club!
Way overdue review of this beautiful podcast
Commonplace is a generous gift from Rachel to the world. These thoughtful conversations between the most creative, intelligent, and compassionate writers and poets existing today, are full of insight, humor, and love. Listening to this podcast is like therapy, pulling me back from anxiety about our world, and helping remind me that I’m not alone in my struggle to understand this life or to try to put that understanding into words.
As much as I love the show, I haven’t even listened to every episode yet, because after each episode I’m so in love with the writer that I need to explore their work in full. I’ve spent the pandemic year with Tyhimba Jess, Shelia Heti & Sarah Manguoso, Robin Coste Lewis, Ilya Kaminsky, Anne Boyer, Tommy Pico, and so many others to whom Rachel introduced me. Thank you Rachel- your podcast has changed my life, offering this secret passageway into a beautiful world.❤️
One of my favorite podcasts
I listen to every episode and have since the beginning. A phenomenal set of conversations.